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Transnistrian Gambling Information

There is no organized gambling in Transnistria. It is unknown whether or not it is illegal, but the instability of the region may also play a large role in keeping away potential casino investors. Illegal gambling probably takes place in Transnistria, because the region is a relatively lawless place. Transnistria is known for drug smuggling across the border into Ukraine. 

Facts About Transnistria

Transnistria is a breakaway republic located within the recognized borders of Moldova. While the country is independent and functions like a state, it has yet to be recognized by any international organization or state.

Moldova was part of the former Romania and Transnistria is found along the borders Moldova and Ukraine. The de facto nation is located across the Dniester River, comprising mainly that part of Moldova between the Dniester and the Ukrainian border.

The country first declared independence in 1990 after the fall of the Soviet Union. This led to a war with Moldova which concluded with a ceasefire in July of 1992.

The short war took place between the Moldovans and Transnistrians in 1992, but the war was ended with a three-party panel to control relations in 20 key cities along the Dniester River. This panel includes Russian, Moldovan and PMR delegates. The dispute of independence have never been resolved.

The governments of Moldova and Ukraine have worked together to limit the independence of Transnistria, while the Russian government has worked against Ukraine and Moldova to encourage Transnistrian intransigence. 

Transnistria has its own government and parliament, as well as a postal system and military. A constitution has been written, and they also have a flag, coat of arms and a national anthem.

Other names for Transnistria are Trans-Dniester, Transdniestria or Pridnestrovie.

The country is divided into five regions and two municipalities. Regions include:

- Camenca
- Dubasari
- Grigoriopol
- Ribnita
- Slobozia

Municipalities include:

- Tighina
- Tiraspol

By 2007, over 400,000 Transnistrians had taken Moldovan citizenship. By the end of 2006, Russia had opened a consulate in the capital (Tiraspol) and issued over 80,000 passports.

In 2004, a census estimated the population to be 555,347. Citizens are made up of ethnic Russians, Ukrainians, Bulgarians, Poles, Germans, Jews, Gagauz and Belarusians.

Orthodox Christianity is the largest religion, but over 100 religions are present throughout the country. However, there have been charges of religious persecution by the government.

The country’s economy is based around manufacturing, heavy industry and electricity production. Most of the companies in Transnistria are privately owned.

There have been numerous acts of violence and terrorism within the country, including 10 dead from two separate bombings in 2006. This has prompted countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and New Zealand to issue travel warnings to their citizens traveling to Transnistria.

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